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NEW: RIAA Comment on Verdict in Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas-Rasset

RIAA REACTION:

“We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do. We are pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable. Since day one, we have been willing to settle this case and we remain willing to do so.”

 

 -- Cara Duckworth

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND FACTS ON THE CASE TO KEEP IN MIND

-Ms. Thomas-Rasset has now been found liable for copyright infringement twice by two separate juries of her own peers.

-She was caught downloading AND distributing more than 1700 songs via an illicit peer-to-peer network.  That’s the equivalent of standing on a street corner with approximately 150 CDs and giving away free copies to anyone who asks.


-The record companies brought legal action only on a representative sample of the songs (24) in an effort to be fair and reasonable.
 
-At the time of the infringement, there were more than 2.3 million users on the peer-to-peer network who had access to Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s 1,700 audio files.

-Despite numerous offers, Ms. Thomas-Rasset had repeatedly refused to settle and insisted on going to court twice.

 

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Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101